Address: P.O. Box 1256, Kigali.
Code: 250
Email: Rwandaeval@gmail.coLinkedIn
Twitter: @rmesociety

Brief History of VOPE

The idea to form an inclusive National Monitoring and Evaluation Society(NES) was spearheaded mainly by IPDET alumni operating in Rwanda and actively supported by the Government of Rwanda in early 2015. On January 19th, 2016, the first meeting of the M&E peer learning group was convened under the auspices of the National Capacity Building Secretariat(NCBS). 

The first output of this meeting was the establishment of a task force in November 2016 which drew the roadmap of the NES and spearheaded activities in that direction. Thus, on November 4, 2016, more than 90 high-profile evaluation practitioners, evaluation commissioners, and evaluation users graced the occasion to officially launch the society.

Key institutions that sent high-level officials to support the launch of RMES included the National Statistics of Rwanda, the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, UNICEF, NCBS, the IDEAS Board, as well as the Institute of Policy Analysis and Research(Rwanda). The launch further tasked the Peer Learning Group to form a formal NES with its structures to start its operations with a national character, identity, and leadership.

Subsequently, a core team from the former Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB) and members from other sectors organized a General Assembly on May 25, 2017, which formally elected its first Executive Committee. Rwanda’s Ministry for Economic Planning and Finance, the former Capacity Development and Employment Services Board (CESB), the Belgian Technical Cooperation, and UNICEF Rwanda contributed financial resources towards the success of this event. 

Profile OF VOPE

RMES is a Community of Practice (CoP) with individual membership comprised of Monitoring and Evaluation professionals and practitioners formed from the public sector, civil society, research institutions, the UN, and the private sector. RMES’ mission is to cultivate the highest professional standards in monitoring and evaluation practice and theory through highly skilled and motivated members and promote a nationwide culture of using evidence-based data to inform decision-making.

The RMES has a recognized general statute, well-structured with a chairmanship position assuming the responsibilities of legal representation and leadership, seconded by vice chairmanship, Treasurer, and Secretary. Currently, RMES is in the process of building an operational Secretariat that handles day to day activities of the organization and building the professional capacities of its members. 


    • Organizing and conducting professional capacity building in M&E for members and other data end users,

    • Organizing M&E conferences and workshops for data users,

    • Knowledge sharing and transfer of best practices among members and other similar COPs,

    • Providing professional expertise in conducting national and international evaluations,

    • Policy Research in M&E, Planning, and Management for Development Results Training

    • Contributing and participating in regional and international evaluation conferences.


UNICEF Rwanda, MasterCard Foundation, RGB, RDB, MINECOFIN


Contact Person:  Oliver Bagwiza
Address: P.O. Box 1256 Kigali Rwanda
Phone: +250789278279


Eugene Nyirigira
Oliver BagwizaExecutive Committee 788308634
Jean Baptiste